Real paranormal videos are extremely difficult to come by but as luck would have it, traffic surveillance cameras on the A338 Wessex Way road in Bournemouth, Dorset, England have caught images of what appears to be the legendary Wessex Way Werewolf crossing the northbound side of the road. The video, available on YouTube, dates from 2007 but was only uploaded this year.
The video shows a number of repeats of the same image: an approaching car with full beam headlights and another car in the opposite direction just leaving the frame. The creature appears from the southbound carriageway, hurdles the central barrier and crosses right in front of the oncoming car.
Whilst the images have been widely distributed on the internet, who originally uploaded them remains a mystery. In all likelihood, it may have been someone who had access to the cameras in question but didn’t want to risk their identity or job by releasing the footage.
Even though stories of werewolves or other unexplained phenomena in the direct area of the Wessex Way are not common, Dorset does have several interesting local stories which could relate to the creature seen in the footage.
One such story involves a cryptid known as Woodwose, a Wildman from the Dorchester area of Dorset that is likened to Bigfoot-type creature. Woodwose was said to live on Yellowham Hill and abduct girls from the nearby villages, many of whom were returned pregnant. However, the physical shape of a Wildman creature would seem in contrast with the shape of the creature on the footage.
More relevant may be the stories of black dogs and beasts across the county. These include the Black Dog of Lyme (Regis), the story of which is told as a ghost story. As the story goes, the dog was a real dog living in Colway Manor near the town of Lyme Regis whose master was murdered by thieves and the dog died of starvation guarding his body. The manor was knocked down and a farmhouse built on the spot where the farmer reported each night an eerie black dog came into the room and sat by him.
Lastly, the Beast of Broadwindsor is another unexplained creature described as a black cat the size of an Alsatian dog with a small head and upright ears. It is further described as having a deep chest, a long tail and was seen by one witness on Lewesdon Hill, a particularly inaccessible area where a colony of cryptids could easily live undiscovered.
While these aforementioned examples of unexplained creatures are a strong indication that something paranormal is afoot in Dorset, they don’t reasonably explain or directly match the images of what appears to be a werewolf caught on tape. If you carefully watch the images of the creature crossing the road you can tell by the hips, shoulders and head that this is definitely neither a dog nor a large cat. This appears to be a humanoid creature galloping and leaping with the gate of canine – a werewolf! Don’t take my word for it; watch the video and you be the judge.